Germany’s Free Democrats plan coalition talks with two top parties

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Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP) say they intend to conduct coalition talks both with Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats (SPD), who won Sunday’s election, and separately with Armin Laschet’s conservative bloc, who came second. Talks with Laschet’s conservative CDU/CSU bloc would take place on Saturday, and talks with the SPD would take place on Sunday, said Volker Wissing, FDP secretary general. Scholz is hoping to become chancellor, but needs the help of two smaller parties – namely the FDP and the Greens – to form a coalition government that controls a majority in parliament. Since late on Tuesday…

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